Diary of a Not So Wimpy Teacher: 3rd Grade Common Core Math Journal

3rd Grade Common Core Math Journal

I have been searching for the perfect 3rd grade math journal that covers the Common Core Standards. I wanted one where students would need to solve a problem but also be able to defend their answer.  I couldn't find the perfect one-so I made my own!!! And I am IN LOVE with it!

The journal includes 100 prompts that are all aligned to the 3rd Grade Math Common Core Standards!!! Every single standard is covered!!! This journal is so much more than a collection of word problems. These journal prompts ask students to defend their answers, list the steps they took to solve the problem, make their own problems, draw pictures, etc. Writing about their math thinking will help students to prepare for standardized testing and show a true understanding of the math concepts rather than just test if the student gets the right answer.

This product could be used so many different ways in the classroom. Here are some of my ideas:
Independent center work during math
Group assignment during math
Morning bell work
Math warm-up
Fast-finisher Activity

The journal could also be prepared in several ways depending on your needs and resources. Here are some of my ideas:

Copy the journal cover page and a complete set of journal pages for each student. Put them in a folder, binder and bind them together. The journal prompts are ordered by standard, but you don't have to do them in order. They have numbers on the bottom. So you can just tell students which page number they are responsible for that day. (This is what I plan to do. My students will work on the prompts during their independent work time while I am doing guided math groups!)

Copy the journal cover sheet for each student and glue it to the cover of a spiral notebook or composition book. Project the prompt on your board and have students respond in their notebooks. (This would save lots of paper!)

Copy certain pages that you want to use and have students complete the individual page as an assignment, assessment or for homework.

Included in the unit is a Table of Contents that shows which prompts are aligned with which standards. It is a great way to make sure that you are coving everything!

You really need to head over to my TpT store and check THIS out! Download the preview for 5 free prompts from the unit!!!

Have a great day!

1 comment:

  1. Wow! What computer programs do you use to create such great stuff?


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